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Poster: garthus Date: Nov 3, 2009 8:45pm
Forum: texts Subject: Re: Dover publication facsimile

Peter,

American copyright law is very clear on this point. One cannot enforce an ownership claim for something which they do not own. Regardless of what Google's use claims are they cannot be enforced and in any case they could never support any claim of proof. This is why they have never taken anyone to court, I would just counter-sue them and they would have to pay me for a frivolous lawsuit. Ditto for their so-called orphan books agreement. That agreement will not be worth the paper it is printed on since the whole idea of Orphan books is that ownership is questionable, so how can someone enter into any agreement concerning something which they do not own. Wait and see how th Courts rule. Probably that even if Google's agreement is legal, it could never be enforced against a third party why tried to do something with those Orphan works. Health aside; I for one would tie them up in Court with a whole series of lawsuits, and I am sure others would and in the end we would have the law on our side; unless Congress changes it, but I doubt if such a retroactive change would get upheld by the Courts.

Gerry

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Poster: Time Traveller Date: Nov 3, 2009 8:59pm
Forum: texts Subject: Re: Dover publication facsimile

I revised that post while you were replying to it

if it is so easy, why aren't people already doing it flat out?

And would Big Brewster leave these texts on the IA, if Google got upset?

Peter

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Poster: garthus Date: Nov 3, 2009 9:03pm
Forum: texts Subject: Re: Dover publication facsimile

Peter,

Exactly, Google will find at some time in the near future, as Microsoft understood my earlier; that time is on our side. There is really not a lot of money to be made in this area and the right thing to do is to make the public domain stuff available for all of the world's use (Universe also). I am really only spending time and maybe 15% of my income on what I do, they are spending real money and eventually it will catch up with the as their stock values continue to tumble.

Gerry

P.S. my hospital procedure was moved to 18 November of this year; some sort of emergency patient moved ahead of me.

Gerry

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